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The game explains that choosing any Yoshi or Nabbit lets you play an easier version since you can't be damaged. But what about the other characters? In Super Mario 3D World each one had a special trait, are they just identical in Super Mario Wonder?

The only thing that actually changes seems to be that, when playing with a different character, special invisible blocks become visible.

Is there anything I'm missing?

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There are no differences between the physics of all of the characters. Jump height, speed, size, and any other attributes are the same for all characters.
The only true differences are with Yoshis and Nabbit, which (as you point out) cannot take damage, and the fact that Yoshis can do Yoshi things (such as be ridden and fly).

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    You can ride a friend Yoshi in multiplayer? Cool!
    – pinckerman
    Nov 4, 2023 at 18:18
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According to the Super Bros. Wonder Mario Direct (3:45), aside from the Yoshis and Nabbit, each character plays identically.

Besides Mario, you can also play as Luigi, Peach, Daisy, one of two Toads, and Toadette. They all play the same, so go with your favorite or mix it up. The Yoshis and Nabbit, on the other hand, won't take damage. They're a great choice if you're looking for a more easy-going experience.

To be more specific, aside from the character-specific invisible blocks, there are 3 categories of character playstyle.

  • Mario, Luigi, Peach, Daisy, Yellow Toad, Blue Toad, Toadette
    • Can use powerups
    • Take damage from enemies/obstacles
  • Yoshi, Red Yoshi, Yellow Yoshi, Light-Blue Yoshi
    • Cannot use powerups
    • Does not take damage from enemies/obstacles
    • Can Flutter Jump
    • Can eat objects and spit them out with tongue
    • Other players can ride on Yoshi's back in multiplayer
  • Nabbit
    • Cannot use powerups, but turns them into coins
    • Does not flinch or take damage from enemies/obstacles
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  • Yeah I kinda remember that statement, thank you for providing an official answer
    – pinckerman
    Nov 4, 2023 at 19:02

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